2011-09-09 / Top Stories

Local Busted For Multiple Driver Licenses

By Daniel Solomon

A Department of Motor Vehicles investigation led to the arrest of a Far Rockaway man on Thursday, August 18. The man, Roland Jeanty, alleged to have multiple driver licenses with different aliases, was charged with offering a false instrument in the first degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.

Jeanty’s detainment was part of a broader sweep that netted 51 people by using facial recognition technology to scan the photo IDs of 600,000 holders of commercial driver licenses and see if there were any matches.

The DMV, together with law-enforcement agencies, has launched a crusade against people who have more than one license, using software to find 800 of them over the past year and a half. Often, the department says, these licenses can be used to conceal a criminal history or get out of unpaid parking tickets and fines.

Accordingly, state and city officials had positive reactions to news of the bust. “I commend the investigators from [various parts of local, state, and federal government] who teamed up on this case to help stop this fraud and keep our roads safe,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. Barbara Fiala, head of the state’s Traffic Safety Committee, agreed, saying that such efforts “bring great benefit to all New Yorkers.”

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